THE ORIENTAL AND ETHNIC DEPARTMENT STORE THAT WAS

This shop was lost to us as bigger chain stores met the massive rise in rents.

It stimulated the senses as the customer wandered through three floors packed with colourful textiles, fragrant incenses, tactile pottery and glassware, and tinkling wind chimes. It was part of the experience of visiting Covent Garden - (never mind, now we have Marks and Spencers etc )

NOW YOU CAN GET SOME OF THE ITEMS FROM CHINA TOWN - off Shaftesbury Avenue.

Neal Street East was London's only oriental specialist emporium -  a haven for lovers of the East.

Merchandise included cards and calligraphy, Chinese abacus, prints, cookware and cookbooks, woks, Japanese dinnerware, multi-purpose baskets, silk and feather flowers, vases and plant pots. The textile department has Chinese and Japanese clothing, old and new, tie dye fabric, batiks, ikat and embroideries from the near and far East. Accessories included a sumptuous range of scarves, bags, hats and footware. The Gallery had an extensive range of jewellery from India, China, Nepal, Thailand, Afghanistan and Africa plus masks, carvings and candlesticks, buddhas and bowls. For the home, Christina stocked elegant screens, lighting, cushions, throws and a fabulous selection of hammocks. The renowned Basement Bazaar was filled with tiny toys, fans, parasols, puppets, shells, mobiles, windchimes, incense and all manner of exotic small presents, stocking fillers and party goods.

The Bookshop supplied extensive pre and post travel reading with a wide title range

 It was one of those shops you would marvel at and say....
'Where else in London ?'